With Influences that vary widely (From the 60s psychedelia of Love and The Pretty Things over 70s Ziggy Stardust to 80's Post-Punk-Fatalists Joy Division) "ETTM is a band for fans of the dark pop of Interpol, the reckless abandon of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the progressive roots of the Secret Machines." The Onion Fleming and DeGrazia, in any case, have decidedly strange musical pedigrees. At age 15, Fleming started drumming for Dazzling Killmen, a pummeling post-rock band from St. Louis whose second full- length album, Face of Collapse, was named the heaviest album of the '90s by Alternative Press. DeGrazia was a classically trained saxophonist, who discovered noise-punk freakout in his post-college years. Through the latter half of the 1990s, the two played together in Laddio Bolocko, a New York band who made their name with deconstructed musical freakout. Silke didn't come from any particular musical background at all. As of four years ago, she was an art student in Hannover, Germany with no musical aspirations whatsoever. But Laddio Bolocko changed that. One night in early 2000, Silke had gone to see that band play at a club in Hannover. She was drunk. Friends wanted to leave. She'd just paid a cover charge and wasn't about to go before hearing a song or two. "This band started playing and, two seconds into it, there was no way we were going to leave," she said. "It blew our f**king minds. Before that I listened to a lot of mainstream music. I hadn't started playing and writing. I just sat there and watched them freak out, and it was what I think music should be, very visceral and very real." She left the club, but came back that night to talk with the band. She and Fleming hit it off. Later that year, she moved to New York. After a half year's involvement with the creation of The Mars Volta in LA in 2001, Fleming returned to Brooklyn and began experimenting with progressive-aggressive pop ideas with Silke that would soon attract Marcus DeGrazia. This match rekindled a long-time musical relationship of untiring creative energy between Fleming and DeGrazia and set the stage for the emergence of Silke's truly unique voice and irresistible style. The three spent the summer of 2002 creating songs with an explosive depth of dynamics and emotions, a kaleidoscope of contrast, the goal being a link between extremes: Soft to Rough, Noise to Silence, Classic to New, Slow to Fast, Known to Unknown. With a little spark of madness, they've created atmospheric, crushing art-rock, really smart shit that smashes you up against a wall. In a few months they came upon James Wilk and Electric Turn To Me was born. A slew of New York gigs lead to two self-recorded EPs on Philadelphia's No Quarter Records. With both EP's scoring on hometown WNYU's top 20 weekly lists, a feature in Rockpile magazine, a growing following and generally glowing press, ETTM decided to hit the road. A six-week tour of the U.S. and a five-week tour of Europe found them playing with bands as diverse as Q and not U, Kinski, Chinese Stars, My Enemies Friends, Bad Wizard, Wolf Eyes, Young People and Denali, completing over 100 shows in their first year alone. After playing SXSW this spring ETTM made a split with guitarist Wilk. One phone call later, they brought in longtime friend Kai Fiedler who, as Kingfischer, created a surplus of stunningly beautiful and original pop songs in his hometown of Berlin, Germany. He then did what any rational minded person would do: quickly packed up his gear and immediately got on a plane to NYC while dreams of rock n roll sugar plums danced all around his kopf! Fall 2004 marks the beginning of the band's first full-length recording. Here ETTM is joined by the creativity of producer Michael Deming (Pernice Brothers, Lilys, Beachwood Sparks, Earth), who approached the band with the idea of capturing the psychedelic-apocalyptic sounds of an emerging new vision. Watch out for a new KFJC Compilation later this year featuring an unreleased live take of "The Trap" as well as a new International Collection of all Girl Punk, Rock and Garage called "We ain't Housewife Material" out on Dionysus Records. A new GSL release "A Manual Dexterity Vol.1" features Fleming on drums and percussion alongside guitarists Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers). "People really love us or they hate us," Fleming said. "There's not much middle ground, and I think that's a good thing. We're doing something that makes people feel something. It's not innocuous."